After several contentious meetings on the subject, the Urban County Council voted Tuesday night to establish procedures for reviewing contract agreements reached through collective bargaining. For years the council has debated just what its role should be in agreements reached through collective bargaining. Traditionally, approval of the contracts fell to the mayor's office. But with unfunded pension liabilities mounting, some members of the council see it as their responsibility to review and ultimately agree to the contracts.
The resolution that passed 8-to-5 Tuesday night would give them that ability, but it could also come up against a state statute that some argue gives the mayor total authority, a matter that could end up being resolved in the courts.